Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas: The Dreamhouse Project Chistmas Home Tour 2016

Happy Holidays friends! And to any of you who are new here, thanks for stopping by. We’re pretty excited today to be sharing our first Christmas home tour with all of you – and really, our first EVER home tour here in the Dreamhouse! We’ve also teamed up some fabulous & super talented Canadian bloggers to share a whole lot of Christmas inspiration from home tours, to recipes, travel tips & everything in between so be sure to “Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas” & check out the links at the bottom of this post.

Have Yourself a Canadian Little ChristmasWe’re starting our tour right at the front door. When we designed the Dreamhouse we had planned to put in an ultra-modern front door, but as our reno budget grew, that went from being a “must have”, to a “nice-to-have” and eventually to a “thing we’ll upgrade later as our bank account permits”. We installed a builder basic white front door, added some sidelights and called it a day. And Kes and I have both hated that door everyday since. So after a year of looking at it and cursing quietly to ourselves about how it ruins the aestetic of our entryway, we decided on a whim to give the inside of the door a quick update with a coat of paint. We used PARA Paints Molten (P5205-85D) in a flat finish and are seriously in love with how it turned out. It might not be the modern door of our dreams, but it’s gone from eye sore to focal point. Yes, this is the inside of our door. I know most people put wreaths on the outside of their doors, but this door looks so pretty now I said screw it. 🙂

Dreamhouse Project front door with wreath

From the front door we take you down the hallway and straight to the dining area at the back of the house. This spot is just adjacent to our kitchen which isn’t quite camera ready (sorry), and gets the most incredible natural light due to the 2 large sets of window wall doors we have at the back of our house.

Dreamhouse Project Christmas tree & dining table

Our style for the most part is a mix of modern paired with rustic and industrial elements. We’ve carried that through our Christmas decorations using mostly neutral colours, mixed metalics, wood accents & fresh greenery. The dining table is no exception.

Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas tablescape Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas dining table centrepiece Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas dining table and tree Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas tablescape overhead view

I’m in love with those placemats from Bouclair. Believe it or not, they’re plastic, which makes for super easy clean up. Any of you moms out there with messy eaters like me will understand…

Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas place setting

We got a downpour of snow just in time to set the winter wonderland ambiance for the photos. If you know me, you know I’m absolutely not a cold weather person, but even I can’t deny how beautiful it is (from inside of course, lol!) Moreover, a few functional Heat Pumps installed in the house could make the winter views more enjoyable to watch from the warm, cozy living room that’s heated to just the right temperature.

Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas dining table

The dining area is also open to above, which gave us the perfect location for our Christmas tree.

Dreamhouse Project modern industrail Christmas tree & dining table aerial view

Last year Kes was insistent that he wanted a 12′ tree and made it his mission to find one. I intially thought 12′ was overkill, but I’m so glad he persisted. If you follow us on instagram you might have caught our insta story a couple of weeks ago, and seen all the fun we got up to trying to assemble this thing. There was definitely some questionable ladder use and a little unsafe balancing going on.

Dreamhouse Project rustic glam Christmas tree Dreamhouse Project Christmas tree close up details

Next to the dining area is our family room. We’ve changed up a few things since the last time you saw the space.

Dreamhouse Project Canadian Christmas Home Tour: family roomDreamhouse Project Canadian Christmas Home Tour: family roomWe added these gold reindeer pillows that I picked up at Homesense and also a few fur accent pillows & a throw to give it a cozier feel for the winter months. Our cat Tiger has claimed our faux fur throw as his new favourite napping spot – and who can blame him!

Dreamhouse Project family room metalic gold reindeer accent pillowDreamhouse Project Christmas family room accessories

The media wall got a little festive accent with this cool industrial looking snowflake marquee & some greens. We also added a few sparkly twigs to the floor vase.

Dreamhouse Project family room media wall Christmas decor

I love how the accent wall color reflects off the mirrored finish of the snowflake!

Dreamhouse Project Christmas home tour: industrial snowflake marquee

Dreamhouse Project modern industrial stairs decorated with ornament garlands & wooden wreath

Our stairs are probably the most industrial element in the house. I love the combination of the exposed steel stringers which we painted black combined with the wooden treads. Instead of traditional railings we installed these DIY cable railings floor to ceiling. I opted to decorate it with these simple DIY ornament string garlands, some lights and this cool modern looking wreath which was another simple DIY made from wood shims.

Dreamhouse Project DIY ornament string garlands & DIY wood shim wreath

The last stop on our tour brings you back to the front of the house. If you remember our family room reveal you might have seen the big empty space adjacent to it. What you might not have realized was that that large empty space was essentially right at the front door of our house. Having such a large empty space as the first thing you see when people walk into the house doesn’t exactly create the greatest first impression – instead it looks like you just moved in and have no furniture! Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been working on remedying that. And here’s what you see when you walk into the house now…

Dreamhouse Project DIY faux fireplace & Christmas decor

We created this DIY faux fireplace feature which really grounds the space and gives us a focal point to create a conversation seating area around. We painted the face of it in PARA Paints Mama’s Boy (P5205-62D) and the insides in Molten (P5205-85D) (can you guess what inspired us to pain the front door). You might also recognize the blue occasional chairs I re-upholstered, which have been moved here from the family room.

Eventually we’ll add a gas insert and convert this to a functional fireplace, but for now its so nice to have a pretty spot to decorate – not to mention hang some stockings! Fireplaces look magical at this time of year. You might want to have a look at modernethanolfireplaces.com if you are considering adding this feature to your home. If your fireplace is going to have a real fire, which makes it super cosy in the winter especially, then one piece of advice that we would give is to get a vacuum cleaner for fireplaces. This can suck up the ash (once cooled) and makes it really easy to keep it clean. We decorated inside the ‘fireplace’ area with some fresh greenery, birch logs, pinecones, candles & of course these adorable mini twinkle light lanters I picked up from The Home Depot.

Dreamhouse Project holiday decorated DIY faux modern fireplace with stacked log featureDreamhouse Project holiday decorated DIY faux modern fireplace with stacked log feature

Faux fireplace be damned – I don’t care if they’ll never actually be burned, there is just something cool looking & geometric about the profile of these stacked logs!

Dreamhouse Project DIY modern faux fireplace feature with firewood storage

I love this vector reindeer print so much – he may find himself a permanent fixture on the mantle.

Dreamhouse Project Christmas home tour mantle decor & reindeer artwork

That brings us to the end of the tour. But before you go, here’s one last look back at the whole space.

The Dreamhouse Project | Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas Home Tour

So there you have it! Thanks for taking the time to visit the Dreamhouse for our 2016 Christmas Home Tour! I have to say a very special thank you to my lovely friend Aleah of Sparrow Lane Interiors for helping us out in a crunch with a few pieces for the room. Kes and I hope you have a safe & happy holiday season. And make sure you check out these amazing Canadian bloggers below as well!

Have Yourself a Canadian Little Christmas

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  • December 12, 2016

    That faux fireplace turned out amazing!!!!! Love your entire space and so happy for you guys! I know like us, it’s been a long long labor of love to finally live in a clean finished home that you built!

  • Antoinette Sealy
    December 12, 2016

    Beautiful Tasha & Kester. Hope you all can slow down a bit now. The fireplace is awesome.?

  • Antoinette Sealy
    December 12, 2016

    Beautiful. Looks awesome!

  • December 12, 2016

    Tash & Kes, your home is stunning! I am absolutely in love with your stairs and the festive garlands suspended *gasp*.

    The modern clean lines of your home accentuate your amazing décor! It’s the perfect mix of cozy and inviting. I love it all!

    Thanks so much for joining in the hop! So happy you’re part of it!

  • December 12, 2016

    Looks so great! So many amazing unique touches girl! Merry Christmas!

  • December 12, 2016

    Just beautiful! You two have done so work, and ppout yourselves into so much of the look of your home… it’s both a personal statement and a visual stunner.
    And I had to laugh about your comment on enjoying the snow from inside. As far as I’m concerned the best way to enjoy snow is lounging by the fire, on a comfy couch, with a fleece throw and a mug of hot chocolate (maybe spiked with peppermint schnapps), watching the flakes fall through the window. Heaven!

  • December 12, 2016

    OH MY GOD!!! Stunning! Umm that fireplace is EVERYTHING!!!! And the decorating on it? SOO good. I also LOVE that geometric deer print and the shim wreath (pure genius). Guys, you really knocked this out of the park! Merry Christmas!

  • December 12, 2016

    Your home is beautiful! I love love love the staircase and your tree!

  • December 12, 2016

    That door certainly doesn’t look builder-basic anymore! Great colour choice. I love your massive tree, it’s perfect for that space. And I agree with you about the faux fireplace – go ahead and stack those logs! I would too, lol. 😉

    I love your dreamhome, it’s beautiful!

  • Kamille
    December 13, 2016

    Absolutely Breath Taking!!!! Congratulations on your warm and beautiful home.

  • December 17, 2016

    The fireplace! You guys built that? Oh what am I saying, of course you did. It’s amazing. So so so so beautiful!! And the wood shim wreath is genius! Great work, you guys. The house is so festive and so “you”!

  • December 17, 2016

    Wow!! What a gorgeous home you have! I love your view. Your tree is an absolute STUNNER!!!! Thank you for sharing over on Eleven Gables! xox, Emily

  • Angela
    January 15, 2017

    I love the sofa. Where is it from?

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